Save the Date

• The next General Meeting of NCRR will be held on Nov 2nd at 10:30 at the JACCC

• Book Talk

“The Grassroots Redress Movement: Conversation with Activists, Then and Now.”  NCRR book reading and signing of NCRR:The Grassroots Struggle For Japanese American Redress And Reparations

October 20
2 - 4 p.m. at the JANM, Tateuchi Democracy Forum, 300 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles.

Guy Aoki (1987 lobbying delegation), Miya Iwataki (1981 CWRIC hearings), and David Monkawa (art and activism) speak about their participation in the historic grassroots reparations movement. A short video clip from “Tales of Clamor” developed by traci kato kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares will be shown and Kristin Fukushima joins in conversation with June Hibino, Sean Miura and Tony Osumi to talk about the inter-generational organization Nikkei Progressives which carries on the legacy of grassroots activism today. Intro by Jim Matsuoka and moderated by Richard Katsuda and Kathy Masaoka.  Sponsored by JANM, LTHS, and NCRR

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• Historical Video Archives
To view NCRR members in the historical archives

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• NCRR publishes Four decades of NCRR

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Click to view review by Rafu Shimpo
Click to view review by Nichi Bei
Click to view Video on Book Party

NCRR is opposed to any legislation that abrogates any person of their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. These rights have been violated at Guantanamo Bay and continue today.

Read more:
• Infowars: Obama’s Signing Statement on
I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t NDAA:

Manzanar Committee: National Defense Authorization Act: Nikkei Community Must Redouble Efforts To Defend Constitutional Rights

• The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes any future president to order the military to pick up individuals far from any battlefield and imprison them without charge or trial. As a result, the NDAA violates the Constitution, our international law obligations, and our nation's commitment to the rule of law.

-- No president should be given the power to send our military around the globe, to places where there is no armed conflict, and imprison civilians based on suspicion alone (no matter how much we trust any president, this power is too great).
-- The United States itself should be off-limits to military authority to imprison civilia ns without charge or trial.
-- No president should ever be REQUIRED to put civilians into military custody without charge or trial.

Sample letters to use to send to Congressmen: Letter 1 | Letter 2

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress reflects upon historic grassroots movement
Members and friends of the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) celebrated the activist organization's achievements, especially its victorious campaign for redress, during its 30th anniversary party on Sept. 25 in Little Tokyo. The 45 celebrants at the Teramachi condominium complex were treated to a potluck lunch, viewed a video about NCRR's activities, toasted the anniversary with Champagne and heard several individuals speak of their experiences as part of the civil rights organization.


This section of NCRR's website presents selected events in NCRR's history through photos, news articles and commentary.


The Day of Remembrance Archives is NOW online.

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Photo by Glen Kitayama
NCRR's Historical Lobbying Trip for Redress, Washington DC, 1987.

NCRR Reader

A history on the formation of the NCRR and it’s struggle for redress
Click here to open the reader


As a prelude to the February 21, 2004 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, members of the Ralph Lazo family and several old friends of Ralph gathered together at a luncheon sponsored by the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) Education Committee and Visual Communications, co-producers of Stand Up for Justice: the Ralph Lazo Story. Read the full story here.

NEW: Download the Stand Up For Justice Curriculum Guide

1. Appendix (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Guide (PDF)

Past Screenings of "Stand Up For Justice"
- Click here

The Viewers Companion is now available for the Speak Out For Justice collection of testimonials on the hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) held in Los Angeles on August 4-6, 1981. The record consists of thirteen videotapes, holding twenty-five hours of dramatic testimony given by 153 witnesses.

Click here to download the PDF


Current News

• JACL Letter of Apology to Tule Lake Resisters

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• On Sept 21

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• Unite for Peace and Nuclear Justice Hiroshima/Nagasaki

August 8, 2019
Little Tokyo

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Fort Sill
June 22, 2019

See the video, click here

Protest now!

A Protest on June 27th

Little Tokyo

(Eng translation of poster)

View video of the event

traci kato kiriyama receives recognition from KAFC for comfort women support at the Glendale Memorial on 3/9/19

1) Phyllis Kim of Korean American Forum of
California with tracie and Kathy Masaoka

2). traci receiving proclamation from
CA Senator Portantino

• Jim Matsuoka
Received the 2019 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

cClick to read more

• Tales of Clamor
Feb 1- March 3
Aratani Black Box, JACCC

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• NCRR to Collaborate on
New Project

"Tales of Clamor" is a theatrical case-study that examines the sound of silence, the echoes of a
little-known yet major moment of American history, and its universal reverberations in today’s landscape.
“Tales of Clamor” utilizes aerial apparatuses, scenes based in the present and past, and rarely
seen video footage from the
1981 CWRIC Hearings
(Commission of Wartime Relocation and
Internment of Civilians).

Its political texture calls on us to recognize the
Need for solidarity and the power of a community
breaking silence in order to create change.

In its emotional core, this show is about people
showing up for each other at a critical moment of
individual and collective need.

The narrative anchor of this show is the duo of traci
and Kennedy- who together explore concepts including the science of sound, the Model Minority Myth, and, at the center, the cathartic experience of
Commission Hearings that led to Redress in the 1980s
and creation of lifelong, intergenerational activists

NCRR is collaborating with traci kato kiriyama and
Kennedy Kabasares  on a new project.  They want
to highlight the voices of former incarcerees
who spoke at the 1981 Commission on Wartime
elocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
hearings held here in Los Angeles.  The project will
experiment with unique presentations of these
testimonies in partnershipwith NCRR and in
collaboration with various artists/experts in video
arts, sound, stage and aerial arts

Below is a link to our participation goals for the project which may take up to 2 years to complete.

Click to download Invitation and
goals letter

Click to see TOC Wrap Party

• DOR 2019 was held
Feb 16th

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• NCRR Celebrates

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• Joint statement on
"Zero Tolerance" by
JA orgs
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• March 2018
NCRR holds class in
San Diego UC

Kathy, Traci and Kay join Professor Simeon Man and
partner, Rudy, at lunch after speaking to Simeon's
Asian American Studies class about the Asian
American movement, redress and solidarity work
today. The class of about 150 students saw Steve
Nagano's 8 minute video on the Commission Hearings
and were led in a haiku writing exercise by traci.

The 2018
was held February 17.

See invite

See Photos

See Rafu article of event

NCRR Celebrates
New Year!

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See Photos of the event

CWRIC Testimonies
on Dec. 2 in
Little Tokyo

Landmark CWRIC Hearings Reissued by Nikkei for
Civil Rights Redress and Visual Communications
videoscreening was held at the Tateuchi Democracy
Forum at JANM.

Click here to download the
Press Release

See Photos of Speakers

A statement by NCRR
NP on Charlottesville...

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A Hiroshima-Nagasaki
occured on Aug 5
Little Tokyo
at the
Hashimoto Public

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"A Bridging Commu-
nities fundraising Iftar
was held on
June 15th, 2017 at the JACCC.
The event was sold out
with about 150
attending. The hosts
were Vigilantlove, NCRR,
MSA West, C.A.I.R., and

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• Update on Comfort
Women Statue -

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DOR 2017 was held on
February 18 at JANM

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Click to view to Rafu Shimpo Article

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December 7th Vigil
NCRR Expresses

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statement and photos of the event

Click to read the Rafu Shimpo

I am America-
November 23 Vigil

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Retirement Dinner for
Shakeel Syed

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Breaking the Fast

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NCRR organizes a vigil
after the Orlando

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Alan Nishio receives
Kunsho from the
Japanese government.

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Day of Remembrance,
2016 was held at JANM
Saturday, February 20th

Download postard of DOR

Download Program for DOR

See photos of DOR 2016

See the Rafu Shimpo article on DOR

• NCRR Welcomes the
New Year.
2016 is the Year of the

See the 2016 photos !

See the 2015 photos !

• "Settlement"
on Comfort Women

Statement by the
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress 

• Compassion-
Not Islamophobia

Statement by NCRR

After several thousand people were killed in the
attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001, over 300
Japanese Americans gathered in Little Tokyo for a
candlelight vigil to show our support to the victims
and families of the 9/11 attacks.  Today, we again
express our outrage and sympathy to the people of
Paris, and now San Bernardino as well as
so many others victimized by individuals acting out
of hate and intolerance.  We also want to reach out
to the American Muslim, South Asian and Arab
American communities who are being blamed
for these attacks just as they were after 9/11 when
they immediately faced racial profiling and physical

Read more of this press release

Read Rafu Shimpo article

D0R 2015

Click here for DOR flyer

Click here for DOR Synopsis

Click here for Photos

Notes from the
"Power of the
Commission Hearings"

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•Kathy Masaoka, NCRR spokesperson presents
NCRR statement at the
Korean Women's
International Conference

Read more: Click here

• JAHSSC Goes Out with a
"Bang" for the Community!

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Mervyn Dymally Bust

Day of Remembrance 2014

Generations Speak Out

See summary, Click here

Program and Photos, Click here

See article, Click here

Purification Ceremony
the Tuna Canyon
Detetention Center

Read the article, Click here

See a short video on the
ceremony,Click here

NCRR Commemorates
the 25th Anniversary of
the CLA 1988 with
a screening in Little Tokyo,
August 10th, 2013.

More, Click here

See a short video, Click here

Comfort Women
Monument Unveived in Glendale on July 30

NCRR statement, Click here

Rafu Shimpo article, Click here.

See the NBC Channel 4
video coverage, Click here

NCRR Presents a panel 
"The Power of The
Commission Hearings:
First Person Voices
of Japanese American

at the Japanese
American National Museum's
4th National Conference

Read More... Click here

Tuna Canyon Detention

Declares Grove at Tuna
Canyon Site a

More Info, click here.

Compromise will preserve
grove of oaks at site of Tuna
Canyon detention facility.

More info, Click here.

Video, Click here

See a video of an introduction
on TCDS, Click here

DOR 2013

25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
“Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”

The 2013 Day of Remembrance took place on
February 16
from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Japanese American
National Museum in Little Tokyo. The theme of this year’s commemoration is
“The 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988:
Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”.

A PDF postcard- Click here

2013 DOR 25th Anniversary Program-
Click here

2103 DOR Program on You Tube-
Click here

2013 DOR Photos- Click here

2013 DOR interactive slideshow

Satomi goes to
Washington DC

As part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts United
States of America (GSUSA), Satomi Honjiyo and seven other Girl Scouts from across the nation were invited to meet President Obama in the Oval Office on June 8, 2012. All eight scouts were Gold Awardrecipients, the highestachievement and awarded to only 5% of all eligible scouts. Satomi is the daughter of Amy Utsunomiya
Honjiyoand Reid Honjiyo of Monterey Park, California.


NCRR Remembers
Two Heroes


NCRR Book Project:
In the works


Education Committee
Stays Busy in 2012

2012 Education Committee activities began on a
high note on January 20 with a Phoenix, Arizona
screening of Stand Up for Justice, the Ralph Lazo Story. 

Read more..

Honored at the
Islamic Center

Robin Toma (2nd from left), Executive Director of the
Los Angeles County Relations Commission; Rinban
Noriyuki Ito (far left) of Higashi Hongwanji Temple and JACL were honored in September  for their advocacy work for the Muslim/Arab-Americans and South Asian communities.  The Muslim Public Affairs Council honoredthe group at the Islamic Center of Southern California
in Los Angeles



Their victory is our

In March 1945 five Mexican American families sued for
school districts in Westminster, Orange County, California,
on behalf of an entire community whose children were
required to attend segregated "Mexican schools." Their
class action lawsuit became known as Mendez et al. v.
Westminster School District el al. After two years of
fighting, the families won their case. At the time, this
was the most important legal victory in the fight against
segregation the nation had ever known.

Read more..


DOR 2012

The connection between past and present constitutional
issues was emphasized at the annual Day of Remembrance
program in Little Tokyo.
"70 Years After Executive Order 9066:
Defending Our Civil Liberties"


Kathy Masaoka, co-chair
of NCRR, was awarded
the Dan B. Genung
Visionary Leadership bm
Award from All Peoples
Community Center on
October 6th, 2011.

Kathy credits growing
up in multi-ethnic Boyle Heights
with helping her develop an
appreciation for people
from diverse backgrounds. As a
minority student at a
predominantly white high
school, Kathy explored
questions of race, culture and
identity at an early age.
Enrolling in some of the first
Asian American Studies
classes taught at UC Berkley in
the late 1960s, she was
determined to find answers
to her questions.


NCRR Condemns
Lowe's Home
retraction of its
advertising on the TLC's
program called

All-American Muslim.


UC Irvine 11- delivered
at the Santa Ana courthouse press conference on Monday,
September 19, 2011 victims

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps simply for being Japanese American and looking like the enemy who had bombed Pearl Harbor
so we understand how it feels to be targeted. We had
committed no wrong and there was no trial - our
constitutional right to due process was denied


A friend of NCRR has
been collecting for Japan's
March 11th, Tsunami

Dear all,
Sorry for the long silence. I'm getting better and I think
I got about 80% of myself out of depression, but I'm}
still taking a mountain of medicine every night. Doesn't
sound good, does it? But hey, with all of your support,
I AM getting better. Brian Kito came to Japan about two
weeks ago and went to Sendai and Ishinomaki and was
stunned to see what's out there.


All about Kizuna-
Uniting Nikkei fir the

Kizuna is the newest nonprofit organization on the block
dedicated to building a much needed space for the
next generation within our community. Kizuna is an
organization that will allow a new generation of
community activists to vision and implement a future
for our community.

Learn more...

• L.A. Times: U.S.Official
cites deceit in WWII

Read the full story.

A screening of Stand up
for Justice
was held at the East
Los Angeles Library on May 24th attended by 200 plus viewers.

See photos

DOR 2011:
Ten Years After 9/11

The main reception hall at the
Japanese American Museum in
Little Tokyo was filled to capacity
with participants and visitors
for DOR 2011


Thank you from Ehren Watada

2011 NCRR Shinnenkai
Click here to see photos

Download the
Stand Up For Justice
Curriculum Guide

1. Guide (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Appendix (PDF)

If you want to purchase
a copy of the commercial
Stand Up for Justice DVD,
order at


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